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Table 2 Activities asked for and activities reported by participants (n = 41)

From: What do IPAQ questions mean to older adults? Lessons from cognitive interviews

  Vigorous activity Moderate activity Walking Sitting
Description of activities that IPAQ* asks for like heavy lifting, digging, aerobics, or fast bicycling like carrying light loads, bicycling at a regular pace, or doubles tennis. No walking. at work and at home, walking to travel from place to place, and any other walking solely for recreation, sport, exercise, or leisure on a week day, including time spent at work, at home, while doing course work and during leisure time (e.g., time spent sitting at a desk, visiting friends, reading, or sitting or lying down to watch television)
Activities reported by participants     
Transport-related activities - Walk to or around shops - Shop - Walk to or around shops from home or from parked car - In car
- On plane
  - Walk to gym   - Walk to gym  
  - Walk to public transport  
  - Walk to other places (visit friends, to appointments, to voluntary job)  
  - Cycle to town  
Yard work - Mow lawn    
  - Feed horse - Feed horse - Feed horse
  - Dig   
  - Trim/cut - Cut  
  - Prune - Prune  
  - Garden - Garden - Walk in garden  
   - Sweep outside  
   - Wash car  
   - Carrying buckets of water  
Housework - Vacuum - Vacuum   
  - Wash floors - Wash floors  
  - Cleaning - Cleaning  
  - Carry groceries to/from car  
  - Carry & hang loads of laundry  
  - Cook  
  - Sweep/mop  
  - Take rubbish out  
  - Make beds  
  - Move furniture  
  - General housework - General housework  
   - Walk in house  
Exercise/sport - Walk briskly   - Walk  
  - Jog    
  - Cycle - Cycle   
  - Aqua aerobics - Aqua aerobics - Aqua aerobics  
  - Exercise classes (pump, pilates, yoga, 'gentle aerobics', senior fitness) - Exercise classes (senior fitness)   
  - Dance   
  - Weight training - Weight training  
  - Gym work - Gym work  
  - Golf - Golf - Golf  
  - Table tennis   
  - Cricket   
  - Carry the bowls for lawn bowls - Lawn bowls  
  - Croquet  
Other activities   - Carry grandchild - Carry grandchild  
  - Mind young children  
  - Take dog out - Walk dog  
  - Eat meals
  - Watch television
  - Read
  - Use computer
  - Visit friends
  - Attend meeting
  - Play bridge
  - Study
  1. *IPAQ questions are available from the IPAQ website [32].